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Alabama NewsCenter – Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., University of Alabama and Alabama Power electric vehicle initiative moving forward with state support.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced on July 23rd that $16.5 million of bonds issued by the Alabama Public School and College Authority, authorized by the Alabama Legislature to fund capital improvements for the state’s education system, will allow for the construction of the Smart Communities and Innovation Building on The University of Alabama (UA) campus.

UA will strengthen its long-standing relationship with Alabama Power Company and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International with the Alabama Mobility and Power (AMP) Initiative, designed to meet the needs of the booming electric vehicle market and support Alabama’s transportation network. The AMP Initiative will be housed in the Smart Communities and Innovation Building.

“Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to go all electric by the end of the decade, where market conditions allow and we are moving swiftly toward an emissions-free and software-driven future,” said Michael Goebel, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.  “We are proud of our partnership with the State of Alabama, the University of Alabama and Alabama Power Company and happy that our Alabama location is among the Mercedes-Benz locations on three continents that next year will build electric vehicles and highly efficient battery systems. We appreciate that the state is taking steps to put Alabama in a position to be a leader in electric vehicle innovation.”